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7 Best Sci-Fi Films With Social Commentary

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It’s shocking that science fiction isn’t considered literary or even highbrow – because it’s certainly raised a few. For decades, sci-fi writers have not only used their texts to predict the technology of the future (re: Prophets of Science Fiction), but they’ve also made strong social criticisms on the way we’d use it.

Sometimes these novels say even more on screen. Writers such as H.G. Wells created the masterworks War of the Worlds and Time Machine with messages so strong, one made the big screen twice. There’s no doubt, sci-fi films with collective critiques can reach a broader audience.

Read on for some of the best sci-fi films with social commentary, from the new classics to a couple of contemporary favorites.

7. Avatar (2009)

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Avatar offers up some pretty strong social commentary about war. The Los Angeles Times reported the director, James Cameron,
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Frankenstein’s Author to Be First Prophet of Science Fiction in Ridley Scott Series

Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus) has brought a series to the Science Channel that has given us something to watch on Wednesday nights, starting on November 9. Sir Ridley will narrate the series entitled Prophets of Science Fiction which will “profile great minds of science fiction who later inspired ‘science fact.’”

TV Guide reports that the first episode will profile Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Other sci-fi icons to be chronicled include H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne, and George Lucas. Four episodes will air in November, with the next four to be broadcast in February.

Here’s the terrific TV spot:

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And here is the press release from earlier in the year when the project was officially greenlit:

Ridley Scott, the visionary mind behind iconic works of science fiction including Blade Runner and the Alien franchise, and epic adventures such as Gladiator, brings his
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